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Yalumba 'The Virgilius' Eden Valley Viognier is Yalumba's most distinguished white wine and our premium Viognier offering. With more than 26 years of experience with this variety, Yalumba today is one of the most influential producers of viognier in the world. Clones: a chapter in Yalumba's viognier journey. Late 2005 saw the beginning of the planting of the first viognier clonal selections that had been propagating in the Yalumba Vine Nursery in the Barossa. Eight different clones were planted on the south eastern park of the Yalumba Eden Valley vineyard - the "Virgilius Vineyard" on Flaxmann Valley Road. This represents the most clonally diverse planting of viognier in Australia. Although it will be some years before these vines are able to produce grapes, and more years again before they are of suitable standard to go in The Virgilius blend, this is the next exciting stage in the Yalumba viognier journey.

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I wanted something with body and acid, that wasn’t chardonnay.  Don’t get me wrong – it’s my favourite (?) white grape, but I do drink a lot of it.  I picked up this bottle from a wine store in Cottesloe about 8 weeks ago, and as soon as I thought of it, I dashed to the wine fridge to dig around for it.

This has ripe honeydew melon, rockmelon, pink grapefruit, white pepper, hints of vanilla pod, grilled yellow peach, and tempering spices like sea salt, crushed ginger, white pepper and a hint of curry leaf.  This did see some time in oak (French, 11 months), so there’s a dimension to the palate that just keeps flowering long after it’s been swallowed.   There is definitely a viscosity and thickness to the palate which is giving me my viognier kick, but the acidity pulls everything in to line and lightens it up.  Mouthfeel is plump and silky… I can’t help but roll it around. Wonderful stuff.

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Angaston, South Australia

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